Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Experience Scholarship 2025

"Gerry’s ability to pass on his knowledge and teach others has helped so many of us and the scholarship is a fitting tribute to his legacy, I know he would be very proud.  I will always be grateful that I can call Gerry both a mentor and friend."
- Nick Cope, Stud Groom at Ballyphilip Stud

Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship Foundation
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Experience Scholarship 2025
In Memory of Gerry Dilger


The Gerry Dilger Equine Scholarship was established in memory of Gerry Dilger (1958-2020), by his family and closest friends. Gerry was a native of Co. Clare, Ireland, and came to America at the young age of 19, to pursue his passion in the horse industry. In 1994, he established Dromoland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, and had a successful career as a horseman, breeding and consigning thoroughbred horses. Over the next 26 years, he mentored young people who had the same dreams as he did. He took in over 65 young people during his career as his own, helping them gain hands-on experience, sharing knowledge and skills to be successful, and teaching them how to be a respected horseman. He instilled in them the values he had himself; hard work, honesty, expertise, kindness, generosity, loyalty, and above all, a good spirit. Gerry was loved and well- respected in the horse community, and we hope to honor him by continuing his legacy helping young people with their careers.

Application Requirements:

  • Recent Graduate from: University of Limerick, University College Dublin, the Irish National Stud, CAFRE Enniskillen, or Kildalton Agriculure College
  • Bachelor’s degree in equine science, or other related equine program completion
  • Able to commit to a one-year period from January 2, 2025 – December 15, 2025
  • Application and information due July 15, 2024


This Scholarship Provides:

  • Airfare for student to travel to the United States, and home at completion of program. Ticket must be economy/coach class, maximum amount $1500. Must provide proof of payment for reimbursement.
  • Payment for the cost of the required J1 visa, including the required insurance
  • An opportunity to work on a prominent Lexington, Kentucky thoroughbred farm with an hourly wage and housing provided
  • Student is responsible for own car, if a car is desired for personal use.
  • A week off for summer holiday on an agreed-upon time with superviser (June preferred, July - September excluded)
  • December 15 completion date (be home for Christmas)
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